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Michael S.

Photography, Photoshop, Printing and Mac Tutoring

Pasadena, CA (91104)

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Since 1980, I have been working as a commercial and editorial photographer. I owned and operated a photo studio for 20 years. I work out of a home office now and accept location assignments exclusively. Most of my clientele are in the entertainment industry and I can say that Disney, Universal, Paramount, Warner Brothers and Sid & Marty Krofft have all punched my dance card many times each. For years I specialized in product photography requiring complex multiple lighting. I have photographed products, portraits, fashion, celebrities and a lot of very straightforward documentation of art objects.

I am a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals and have been recognized by them as a guru. I also regularly beta test software for Adobe, Datacolor and OnOne and I review and edit technical manuscripts for Focal Press, a high-end boutique publisher based in England. My first book on the creative process of artists is due out later this year from Rocky Nook, Inc., I regularly post to my blog and have written over 20 Photoshop and photography related tutorials.

I began teaching in 1987 and since then have worked at a variety of public and private educational institutions in and around Southern California. Since 2004, I have written specialized curricula for the California Department of Education.

I earned a BFA from Art Center College of Design in 1979 and I currently hold two vocational education credentials from the state of California.

I have served on alumni committees at Art Center, I am a charter docent at the Autry Museum in Griffith Park and I am a member of the California Teachers Association.

I have been providing tutoring for photographers since 2002 and my teaching style is direct, funny and full of helpful information. If by chance I don't know the answer, I know someone who does. I will never leave you with unanswered questions, that is my promise to you as a teacher, tutor and guide.

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Michael’s subjects

Adobe Lightroom

Lightroom has emerged as the premier program for cataloging, editing and processing today's camera files. It is an awesome program that I absolutely cannot do with out. If you're a photography fan then learning this program is a must and I can help you!

Adobe Photoshop

I have been a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals since 2000 and have been designated one of their Gurus. I worked on Disney's California Adventure Theme Park and continue to work restoring photos, building composites and printing large format photographs for the entertainment industry out here in Hollywood, CA.

General Computer

I am a Mac person primarily, but I also understand how a PC is set up.

Organization and troubleshooting are two important components of basic computer knowledge, and I can help you with these tasks.


I've been on a MAC since 1989 and work with a number of Apple experts. I can trouble shoot and help you get more efficient with your time when computing.


I have been involved with photography since I was twelve. I have been a professional photographer for 30 years. I've run commercial studios, I have photographed products, buildings, celebrities, politicians, families, events and created special visual effects for the entertainment industry.

My skill set is so well-honed that nothing phases me when it comes to the technical aspects of creating photographs. I've written my first book which will be out in October of this year. It is about the creative ideas I come up with and how I execute them successfully.

I am a very patient and useful tutor.

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Art Center College of Design (Photography)

Great tutor! My son was interested in learning photography of the summer. We were fortunate to find Michael on Wyzant. Michael is not only a highly experienced photographer, but also has the ability to teach methodically and with patience. At each lesson, they would go over new concepts, features, and the effect it has when taking pictures. I highly recommend Michael to anyone interested in learning photogr ...

— Joel from Pasadena, CA on 6/26/12);

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Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

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Michael will travel within 10 miles of Pasadena, CA 91104.

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